The real secret of success is enthusiasm.
~ Walter P. Chrysler
These words still ring in my ears from lessons learned a long time ago. Have you ever thought about what we have accomplished together through these pages in almost two years? It would be easy for the Ucompass developers to take all the credit, but that isn’t really the case. That would be only half the story. It’s actually YOUR enthusiasm that propels our developers. The sheer power of that enthusiasm is not to be ignored.
Your comments, your suggestions, your criticism, and your gratitude, both here and on our Facebook page, fuel the Educator engine. We may not immediately address every suggestion to your liking, but we process each and every single one of them internally. Every word you take the time to write is carefully read, technically weighed, and operationally discussed. Speaking of which, some of your enthusiastic comments are copied here today …
For the Lab Folks
Something I have been struggling with this week is forcing slides. I would LOVE a school filter for applying forcing slides to certain students. This would be super-helpful for lab students.
Making something super-helpful for students will actually require a super-helpful teacher to make this work. We know you’re out there. You want to sort students by school of record and force them to a slide based on that information, right? These will work with your filters as well. Here you go!
For the Shortcutters
Here is another enthusiastic comment to share …
I would love to see a button in the student’s individual gradebook to lift a suspension rather than going back out, click on suspension manager, and finding the student. Would be a time saver!!!
We really do try to save you time. There is more on the ACTIONS menu now! From this menu both teachers and TA’s will be able to suspend or remove suspension without going back to the manager.
For the Speed Graders
Another time-saver idea to toss around … When we are grading papers, we have to manually type “50” (if points possible is 50) or 100, etc. A good majority of the time the student gets the high score, especially after they resubmit. If a bubble was next to that for only top score “50” and you can click that and it fills it in, we would not have to type the number. Of course, we need the open slot for less points, but that would save a lot of typing. I always wish I could just click the top score and move forward.
Well … it seems that someone’s wish has been granted. While grading Assignments or essay questions on Exams and Worksheets, the maximum point value for that grading item will now be a link! Click the link, and the grading item is automatically graded with that maximum grade. How’s that?
Great enthusiasm deserves great attention. Please let us know what you think. Feel free to keep that faucet full of ideas wide open.
Remember when … we told you that the mobile menu would become friendlier. This was released just two days ago:
Rather than scrolling the list, the expected open/close submenus have been created. You can still bring back the left navigation buttons, if you like. But the loss of real estate will be too great.
Remember: the setting you choose is tied to your account. It will remain that way until you change it. In other words, the setting on your laptop or computer will be the same on any mobile device. This applies to students as well. Using different settings on different devices will require your visit to account preferences upon login.
Thank you for all your enthusiasm … posted, written, and spoken. Once again, coupled with hard work and energy, it just drives things forward.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.
When you do a thing, do it with all your might.
Put your whole soul into it.
Stamp it with your own personality.
Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful … and you will accomplish your object.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson